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Undergraduate Advising

Engineering students at Duke have a network of advising resources

Over your career at Duke, your advising network grows to include mentors from across campus. Taken together as an advising team, these individuals will help you discover and understand opportunities at Duke and introduce you to Duke’s intellectual community.


Your academic dean oversees your progress to graduation, helps you understand academic policies, provides assistance during difficult academic or personal times. An academic dean is an important member of your advising network.

Each academic dean is well-connected across campus and can make referrals to appropriate helpful resources.


Faculty advisors are assigned in the September of the first year. The two of you will meet at least once per semester. After you declare a major, you will have a faculty advisor in your department.

Your faculty advisor is committed to guiding you toward pathways that pertain to your individual curiosity as well as helping you discover unconsidered interests. Your faculty advisor can discuss your course registration each semester, help you understand curricular requirements and point you toward additional academic mentors as your interests develop.


The E-Team is composed of volunteer, upper-class engineering students eager to help incoming first-year students learn the ropes of engineering at Duke.

The team’s mission is to assist first-year engineering students in their transition to Duke by creating an immediate network of support with engineering students who can answer questions, share experiences and offer advice.

Engineering Alumni Mentors

Through our the Engineering Alumni Council's vertical mentoring network, students are paired with Duke Engineering students.

Students connect with alumni working in their fields of interest, build professional skills and networks. One-on-one they build strong mentorship bonds.

Sign up in September for a mentorship experience that lasts the entire academic year, and perhaps even beyond.

Learn more the Alumni-Student Mentorship Program »


Directors of Academic Engagement (DAEs) are specialized advisors. They meet with Pratt students of all class years and majors and offer four specialty areas:

  • Global & Civic Engagement
  • Arts & Humanities
  • Natural & Quantitative Sciences
  • Social Sciences

DAEs are valuable resources for engineering students. For example, DAEs for Global & Civic Engagement can help Pratt students integrate DukeEngage and semester-away experiences into a Pratt education.

You can see one or several DAEs, in any order, at any time, and as often as you want.